The Presidency has taken on the opposition once again, saying a return of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to power would reverse the gains made under the Buhari administration.
This was contained in an article by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President Garba Shehu, titled: “The Real Price of Changing the Change (1), in which he said Buhari is “bad business for a number of parliamentarians and civil servants, some policemen, customs officials and immigration officials” who benefited from corrupt practices during previous administrations.
The presidential aide reiterated the party line that as President Buhari is busy fighting corruption, corrupt politicians and civil servants are equally busy praying for the return of the old order when they illegally amassed public wealth.
“The list of people who oppose the Buhari government and yearning to ‘change the change’ include a number of parliamentarians, policemen, customs officials, immigration officials, civil servants now rooting for other political parties, not leaving out those various businesses and platforms owned by these political parties directly or indirectly.
“The Buhari win in 2015, and the possibility of four more years have crumbled their dreams of endlessly looting the state and the growing list of achievements of the administration is not doing any good for them.”
Shehu warned Nigerians about the interview of PDP members talking about “changing the change” in next year’s general elections.
“The real meaning and cost of the “Changing the Change,” is that if they win the next election, they will not take us back to where we were in 2015, they will mostly reverse the progress the APC has brought to the nation.
“The main reason for the defeat of the PDP in 2015 was corruption. The present administration at the centre led by President Muhammadu Buhari has so far presented a corrupt-free image of itself,” he said.
He added that the Buhari administration had also succeeded in abolishing grand corruption at the top and as attested to by the American President, Donald Trump, but said corruption was fighting back.
Shehu listed a number of would-be ‘beneficiaries’ of ‘changing the change’ and added: “But the happiest of them all will be Mrs. Jonathan, who will get the first priority when the refunds start coming for obvious reasons.
“The former First Lady would not anymore need lawyers to keep her mountain of gifts, counted in huge millions of dollars, billions of naira, hotels and buildings.”
Shehu added that the early casualties of ‘‘changing the change’’ might include initiatives such as the Whistle Blower policy by which the government was able to recover stolen or concealed assets through information provided by citizens.